Host(s): Stan Sanvel Rubin and Judith Kitchen
Tape order number: V-239
Visit Date: March 7, 1985
Length: 46 minutes
Brief Summary: Dove discusses her fascination with the unseen and insignificant details of historical events and individual lives. This interest in the less celebrated moments of experience shaped Museum and Thomas and Beulah. Her careful attention to language, form, structure, and organization in her work is revealed throughout the interview. She talks about the crafting of "Parsely" as well as the organization of Museum. Dove says she doesn't want the reader to know what is coming in a book. She says the worst thing that can happen to a poet is to be self-conscious because it interferes with the creative process. She tries not to "clutter her head" with too much literary critique and theory, particularly when she is composing.
The way we perceive things is circumscribed by our ability to express those things.
-- Rita Dove